Evan Turner left Philadelphia after putting up career numbers last year during a season when all the other 76ers numbers looked pitiful. Turner was every bit the bright spot with his 17.4 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game. In fact he looked so bright that the Indiana Pacers, on the brink of what they thought could be a championship season, grabbed Turner from the 76ers midseason. But the match never worked and Turner was in a hurry to bolt when he became a free agent this summer. Now he’s about to be a Celtic. Is he also about to be a star?
There was much ado about many things in NBA offseason action this summer–LeBron, you MAY have heard, went back to Cleveland where he will get lots of love and Love. But once again the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo’s name was among the NBA superstars rumored to be moving cities. Rondo, who is often thought to be unhappy in Boston, is a proven winner. Does getting Evan Turner change Rondo’s career calculation? It may. The Celtics all-star guard makes all the players on the court better, and Turner has the athleticism that Rondo can really use in the backcourt. Turner goes to the basket well and those are the kinds of players that thrive around the amazing Rondo. If they can both get their shooting percentages from midrange and out up just a few percentage points, Rondo and Turner could be a tough two to tango with.